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FORTIETH ANNUAL REUNION 



OF THE 

OLD SETTLERS 

OF 

JOHNSON COUNTY 




AUGUST 24, .1906 



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Proceedings of The 

OLD SETTLERS OF JOHNSON COUNTY 
IOWA 

At Their Annual Reunion, August 24, 1906. 



The day was all that could be desired and the mem- ' i 

bers gathered early. At noon five hundred sat down ] 

to the well loaded tables. The pleasures of the .dinner ] 

hour were enhanced by the coffee prepared by the ] 

prince of coffee makers, Bruce Moore. ] 

At one o'clock the President called the audience to j 

the speaker's stand. After an invocation by Rev. . ; 

H. H. Fairall, short talks were given by Doctor Fellows, ' 

Judge Fairall, A. E. Swisher, and Professor Willis. ^ 

Letters from absent ones were read by M. Cavanagh and ] 

the necrological report was read by G. R. Irish. At ! 

the close of the literary exercises a business meeting was | 

held at the Secretary's table and Judge O. A. Byington ] 

was elected President; W. A. Kettlewell, 1st Vice Pres- I 
ident; Henry Wieneke, Treasurer; and G. R. Irish, 

Secretary for the ensuing year. On motion the follow- ] 

ing resolution was adopted: ! 

Resolved that the thanks of the members of this | 

association are tendered to the retiring President, John ) 

T. Struble, and to the executive committee, S. P. Fry, | 

A. W. B enter, John Craig, W. A. Kettlewell, and Emory ] 

Westcott for repairing the cabins and particularly to the | 

many persons who contributed material, to A. W. Beut- j 

er for cedar clapboards and to Mr. Clifford for a splendid j 

stove. The President appointed A. E. Swisher, John I 

T. Struble, Dr. S. N. Fellows, Matthew Cavanagh, and \ 

W. E. C. Foster as an executive committee for the year. j 

Business being over the day was devoted to visiting I 

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and to talking over old times. The gathering was not 
as large as some that have preceded it but was a very 
pleasant and satisfactory meeting. 

The association has published all the Proceedings 
from 1866, the date of organization, to the present time, 
the book comprising the time from 1866 to 1898 uniform 
with those published yearly since the last date may be 
obtained from the Treasurer or Secretary for a small 
sum and it is worth the reading. 



LETTERS FROM ABSENT MEMBERS 

WORDS OF GREETING 
From A. 0. Price 
Of Grinnell City, Poweshiek County 



It would be one of the red letter days of my life to 
be with the good people of Johnson County at the an- 
nual reunion of "Old Settlers", Thursday next. These 
reunions are both restful and refreshing as well as invig- 
orating. They make us forget the worries of life and add 
zest to the present and store up happy thoughts for the 
twelve months to come. We lead too strenuous lives. 
We do not take time to say good morning to our neigh- 
bor; we hardly take time to get acquainted with our 
wife and children. An individual "day out" with our 
own families is seldom thought of, much less indulged 
in. This is where the old settlers' annual reunion comes 
in. Its a leverage that lifts us out of the ruts, puts new 
life into us, and really adds length to our days. May 
the interest in these resting places increase, and as the 
older ones fill out the measure of their days, may the 
younger generation, the young men and women of to- 
day give additional interest and enjoyment to these 
annual reunions. 



For myself this December next makes me fourteen 
years as a resident of Grinnell City. Pleasant years, 
school years for family, healthful and prosperous years 
for us all. Nearly five of them as city assessor. 
Friends here, many of them; in Johnson County, scores 
of them. In your city, many whom to know was to 
love, and who are now at rest in the silent city. Here 
it is the same. 

May the life work of us all merit at last "well 
done" from the Father of us all. 



San Jose, August 16, 1906. 

G. R. Irish and Others: 
Dear Sirs: — 

As the time for the annual meeting of 
the old settlers of Johnson County is nearly at hand, 
I wish to say that nothing would give me more pleasure 
than to meet once more with the old settlers of the 
many years ago, but I must forego this pleasure as I 
am too far away. Hoping that you all will have a good 
time and that you all will meet many more times, I 
remain, Yours as ever, 

A. Beermaker. 

I hereby send you a poem written and read at one 
of the meetings, the old settlers, of this county. Now 
if you think it proper to have it read at your meeting do 
so. A. B. 

Elliot Reed's Poem. 

Ye comrades, friends and pioneers. 

Whom Time hath spared for many years ; 

Ye I salute ! and bring to mind 

The golden days of forty-nine. 

Ye laid foundations deep and strong, 

Upheld the right, put down the wrong. 

With wisdom, strength and courage true 



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Ye builded better than ye knew. 
Full fifty years have passed away. 
Our steps are slow, our locks are gray. 
Yet joyfully once more we meet, 
Hand clasped in hand each other greet. 
But where are those held in our youth 
In bonds of friendship, love and truth. 
Whose generous hearts were beating high 
With hearts born only but to die ? 
Some in a moment passed away. 
While others lingered day by day. 
Yet memory ever fond and true, 
Brings back their shadowy forms to view. 
They sleep within the silent tomb. 
While over them the roses bloom. 
Hail and farewell ! ye friends of yore. 
Till we shall meet to part no more. 
Oh, ye surviving little band, 
God bless you all with generous hand ! 
We pray that your remaining years 
Be full of joy and free from tears. 
Whatever trials may befall 
We know you will endure them all. 
Stout be your hearts to bear each pain. 
Since Faith and Hope and Love remain. 
And when your life's work all is done. 
Its battle fought, the victory won, 
God grant that unto you be given 
Eternal joy and peace in heaven. 



Albany, Oregon, July 14th, 1906. 
Messrs. Irish and Cavanagh, 
Iowa City, Iowa. 

Yours of the 9th in.st. inviting me to your annual 
picnic August 23rd is at hand. I beg to report that I 
will try to be with you, unless stern old fate orders it 
otherwise. 



There is no question but what you will have a good 
time and I hope to share the festivities of the occasion 
with you. 

But we are often disappointed in our anticipations 
and if I fail to put in an appearance please pass my 
piece of "punkin pie" to some other hungry fellow. 
Wishing you success and a cool day, If am, 
Faithfully yours, 

Miles K. Lewis. 



Mr. G. R. Irish and Mr. Matthew Cavanagh, Committee: 

I regret that the Doctor and I can not accept your 
kind invitation to be present at the Old Settlers' picnic 
on this the twenty- third day of August, 1906; but 
dear friends and neighbors, today we are in spirit with 
you, the representatives of the brave pioneers of John- 
son County here assembled to celebrate in song and story 
the chivalrous deeds of our fore-fathers and fore-moth- 
ers; and as we extend the right hand of fellowship to 
each other we further cement those friendly ties that 
had their legitimate birth in the pioneer days when all 
the settlers of this fair county lived the "simple life", 
and hearts were true. 

Then character, instead of golfing and style, were 
passports to good society, and all club life combined 
profit with pleasure. Apple-parings, log-rollings, quilt- 
ings, and corn-huskings were generally the points of is- 
sue and each such tournament had its hero or heroine 
who without the aid of a caddy was able to make a 
successful flight far beyond even those who were counted 
experts, thereby proving their eligibility to the cup of 
sweet cider or buttermilk with which the club members 
of those days slaked their thirst and drank to the health 
of their friends and neighbors. 

Today we are enjoying the prosperity, comfort, 
and enlightenment, which as a heritage has come to us 
as the result of the faithful and unselfish labors of our 



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pioneer ancestors who, tho' practically buried in the ] 

wilderness, lived not to themselves alone but sowed | 

that others might reap. ■ 

They laid foundations broad and deep so that future | 

generations might erect thereon temples suitable to \ 

their time and advancing thought. j 

Pioneer men and women were toilers; they kliew \ 

no eight hour day nor did they rest until their tasks | 

were finished. Their hearts were in their work, they j 

labored with a courage which manifold difficulties | 

could not enfeeble, to build a commonwealth and with \ 

rude implements they v\^ooed to cultivation and civili- i 

zation the thousands of square miles of wild land that | 

we now with pride and glory call our Iowa, sweet Iowa. I 

The wooden mold-board plough and the ox-team | 

with its plowman plodding his weary way behind, has ] 

been the magic force that drew from these sun-kissed 'i 

prairies such wealth as old King Midas ne'er dreamed of. I 

Yes, it has been by the honest endeavor of these sturdy | 

pioneers, their sons, and their sons' sons, who as farmers, \ 

mechanics, architects, engineers and professional men in i 

general that we have acquired the well equipped civiliza- I 

tion of the present hour. | 

Those early pioneer plowmen and their faithful 

mild-eyed oxen have long since finished their labors and j 

the flowers of the fields they tilled now wave their j 

beauty and fragrance as a tender requiem above their | 

resting places while to us falls the task of maintaining * 

along lines as broad and progressive and with strict | 
integrity the labors they left unfinished. 

Let it be said of the noble pioneer wives and moth- ] 

ers who cheerfully followed their husbands into the j 

unknown wilderness that they too had a purpose in life t 

and by bearing uncomplainingly the vicissitudes of their | 

time they accomplished it. It was to perform their \ 

varied and irksome tasks with fidelity and care and to ] 



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raise their large families to be industrious, intelligent, ^ 

God-fearing men and women. I 

To do all this and to keep pure and true the hearts I 

of all the family circle which gathered in modest com- I 

fort about the glowing hearthstones of the pioneer ] 

homes, these industrious mothers wrought with all '! 

their strength of mind, muscle and love with which j 

God had endowed them and they were ever to the cour- | 

ageous husbands, an inspiration of high purpose and j 

patient, unselfish zeal. | 

In reverential retrospect we stand here today with j 
bared heads and thankful hearts while we lift up our 

voices in a service of thanksgiving praise to the lives ■ 

of that historic band of pioneer men and womien, our .j 

ancestors, to whom we owe so much. ] 

Turning our faces toward the setting sun there | 

where a rift occurs in the golden tinted cloud, we can \ 

through our tear dimm.ed eyes catch, it seems, a glimpse ; 

of that procession of noble men and women wending j 

their way along the dim horizon towards that ''Blessed i 

Isle up the River of Tim^e' ' . j 

"Oh ! a wonderful stream is the River of Time | 

As it flows through the Realm of Tears. j 
With a faultless rythm and a musical rhyme 

And a broader sweep and a surge sublime i 

As it blends with the Ocean of Years." • 

For us as for that earnest band — 

"How the winters are drifting like flakes of snow! j 

And the summers like buds between, i 

And the year in the sheaf — so they come and they go \ 

On the River's breast with its ebb and flow, i 

As they glide in the shadow and sheen' ' . \ 

Today our minds and hearts are so full of that j 

wonderful picture of the past and with its procession \ 

of pioneers wending their way up the River of Time ] 



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to that blessed Isle, the mirage of which we seem to see 
reflected upon the golden tinted clouds of the western 
sky that in very truth we feel the living presence of the 
noble dead and in the inspiring words of the poet 
Spargue we can but exclaim.: 

"We are all here! 

Even they, the dead though dead, so dear, 
Fond memory to her duty true, 
Brings back their faded forms to view. 
How life-like through the mist of years 
Each well remembered face appears ! 
We see them as in times long past; 
From each to each kind looks are cast; 
We hear their words, their smiles behold. 
They're round us as they were of old. 
We are all here ! 

"We are all here! 

Father, Mother, 
- Sister, Brother, , 
■ You that love with love so dear 

This may not long of us be said ; 

Soon must we join the gathered dead ; 

And by the hearth we now sit round 

Some other circle will be found. 

O, then, that wisdom may we know. 

Which yields a life of peace below ! 

So in the world to follow this 

May each repeat in words of bhss. 

We're all, all here" I 

Ruth Irish Preston, 
August 23, 1906. _^ ^ Davenport, Iowa. 

vSan Antonio, Texas, 

1245 Kentucky Avenue, 
August 6th, 1906- 

Hons. G. R. Irish and M. Cavanagh, 

Iowa City, Iowa. 
Dear friends: 

I herel)y acknowledge your kind invi- 



tation to attend the old settlers of Johnson County 
annual picnic, August 23rd, 1906. I would be very 
glad, indeed, to accept of your invitation and meet 
with so many of my old acquaintances and friends, but 
I am unable to get away at that time. 

I thank you for the invitation and send my regards 
to all inquirers. 

Wishing you a joyful picnic, I remain, 

Yours respectfully, 

Henry N. Berry. 



Chicago, 111., August 15th, 1906. 
Mr. Gilbert R. Irish and Mr. Matthew Cavanagh, 
Committee: 

My dear old friends : 

Your kind invitation to at- 
tend the annual meeting of the Johnson County Old 
Settlers' Association has been received for which ple-^se 
accept my thanks. It was my intention to have written 
you earlier but I neglected to do so. Ever since the 
morning stars first sang together, divers and sundry 
places have been paved with good intentions. 

During my residence in Iowa City I was not directly 
identified with the old settlers' association because I 
believed its membership should be composed largely 
of those who had been residents of the county for more 
than fifty years. And yet no one has a higher admira- 
tion for the noble men and women who bore the hard- 
ships and braved the vicissitudes of early pioneer life. 

There is nothing I would prize more highly, pay 
for more cheerfully, or cherish more sincerely, than a 
group Rembrandt of those who lived in Johnson County 
sixty-five or seventy years ago. It would serve to 
preserve the identity of the old settlers for the homage 
and veneration of future generations. It would be a 
reminder of early struggles and an altar of respect and 
reverence. It would serve as a valuable contrast be- 
tween the present high pressure civilization, with its 



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mad scramble for wealth, and the homely virtues of 
our ancestors. It would be an inspiration to the future 
citizens of our country, to look at the faces of the sturdy 
yeomanry of the olden times, and then back with scorn 
upon the flying griffins, the grafters, boodlers, bank- 
wreckers, rotten politics, and humbug. 

The history of the early pioneers should be care- 
fully read and preserved. It would be an impulse to 
patriotism and an object lesson to the youth of our 
country. It would teach the rising generations to 
stand by the flag and to preserve the spirit and integrity 
of republican institutions. It would teach a lesson of 
loyalty to the government and the regularly constituted 
authorities. 

It would teach them a fundamental truth that free 
government can only be maintained at a high standard 
of citizenship. It would teach all patriotic citizens to 
discard the sophistries and glittering generalities. It 
would admonish all classes that a government is not 
a government unless it governs. 

It would be an inspiration to the foreign born 
citizens, the down-trodden and oppressed of other 
nations, to appreciate the blessing of civil and religious 
liberty. It would be an exhortation to the agitators 
and the anarchists, and would teach them that the 
great republic is the last hope of mankind. It would be 
an incentive to all our countrymen to remember and 
ponder over the trumpet lines written by our own 
beautiful and ill-starred Mazeppa — 

'They thunder in peace o'er the red path of battle, 
'Far up the steep mount, where liberty keeps 

The vSoul of a tyrant in parchment imprisoned, 
God pity us all if her sentinel sleeps". 

Only recently a ])ublic meeting of anarchists hissed 
the name of the ])resident of the United States. They 
cried: 'Mown with the stars and stripes", down with 



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America"; and ''hurrah for anarchy". Only a few 
years ago it was stated in a leading newspaper that a 
procession of this same guild marched to Waldheim 
cemetery to decorate the graves and commemorate 
the Hay market massacre. The red flag of anarchy 
waved at the head of the procession and in the rear the 
stars and stripes embellished the tail of a mule. In the 
stereotyped phrase of the newspapers "no arrests were 
made". 

The poor and oppressed of other nations find a 
refuge in the land of the free and the home of the brave. 
It is the most beautiful and significant spectacle in the 
world's history. They come out to greet the goddess 
of liberty as the Hindo worshippers greet the morning 
sun. And yet three presidents have been assassinated 
in the United States in forty years, and one governor 
of a state. 'Some states and localities in recent years 
have been without civil government.' Only four rul- 
ers were slain in Russia in three hundred years. 
These were, Feodori, the last of the Ruriks, Peter 
Ivan, Paul, and Alexander. The laudation of nihilists 
and anarchists of Europe has borne its legitimate after- 
math of crime and assassination in the United States. 

Periander, king of Corinth, was one. of the seven 
wise men of Greece. At one of his courts, the king 
propounded this question, "what is the most perfect 
form of Government". Six of his counselors were 
present and each gave his opinion. Blias replied 
' where the laws have no superior' ' . Thales, of Miletus, 
the great astronomer, said, "where the people are nei- 
ther too rich nor too poor". 

In his turn Anarcharis, said: "where virtue is 
honored and vice detected." Said Pittacus, of Mitty- 
lene, "where dignities are always conferred upon the 
virtuous and never upon the base." Said Cleobulus, 
"where the citizen fear blame more than punishment". 
Said Chilo, the Spartan, "where the laws are more re- 
garded than the orators". The last to reply, and the 



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youngest and wisest of them all, Solon of Athens, said: 
'where an injury done to the most humble subject, is 
an insult to the whole community." 

Gentlemen, I beg pardon for this brief digression 
into the domain of politics, and please again accept my 
thanks, and my sincere regrets, with the hope that this 
gathering of the old pioneers of Johnson County, 
may be a pleasant and profitable anniversary, and that 
those who remain of the old guard, may still linger and 
abide with you for many years. 

Yours truly, 

Sam D. Pryce. 



Bellingham, Washington, 

519 Laurel Street, 
August 17, 1906. 

G. R. Irish, 
Dear sir: 

It is a great pleasure to know that the 
names of Robert Williams and wife were not omitted 
when the list of old settlers of Johnson County was 
written. From our far northwestern home on Puget 
Sound we send the old settlers greeting and wish it 
were possible to meet them face to face on the 23rd of 
August. Robert Williams, 

Cynthia Morris Williams. 



Messrs. G. R. Irish and Matthew Cavanagh, 

Committee. 
Gentlemen: 

Your kind invitation to attend the annual 
meeting of the old settlers of Johnson County is at 
hand. 

In thanking you for this kind consideration I can 
not refrain from expressing to you my keen regret that 
T am unable to avail myself of an opportunity to meet 
once more the good ncigh1)ors c'lnd friends of ray old 
home. 



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I am proud of the Old Settlers' Association of 
Johnson Count}^ for the interest they display in main- 
taining their organization, and for the splendid work 
they have done in collecting and preserving the im- 
portant facts, not only of the early history of Johnson 
County, but of the early history of our great common- 
wealth. 

The important part taken by the sturdy pioneers 
of Johnson County in laying the foundations of our 
glorious state should be our especial pride, and the his- 
tory of the great and good work done by these men 
should be carefully preserved for guidance of their su.c- 
cessors. 

I beg to present, through you, gentlemen of the 
committee sentiments of my highest esteem to all the 
old settlers gathered at your reunion. 

Sincerely yours, 

Thos. M. Irish. 

Dubuque, August 20, 1906. 



Washington, D. C, July 3, 1906. 

Hon. G. R. Irish, 

Hon. M. Cavanagh, 
Committee, 

lovv^a City, la. 

My dear sirs: 

Your kind invitation of the first instant 
appeals very strongly to me and I thank you for the 
honor conferred and the pleasure it gave through the 
sentiments conveyed. Nothing would be more grati- 
fying to my mother and self than to be present with you 
on the occasion to which you refer, but years have 
added greatly to her burdens and demands upon my 
time both day and night and such as to make prolonged 
visits and long journeys almost out of the question. 

I shall send your kind invitation to my mother 
who will, no doubt, write you in acknowledgment. 



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With assurances of my highest esteem and with 
best wishes for an enjoyable time, permit me to be, 

Very truly, 

Richard Sylvester. 



Lawrence, Kans., July 6th, 1906. 
Messrs. G. R. Irish and M. Cavanagh, 

Iowa City, Iowa. 
My dear old friends: 

I am in receipt of your kind 
favor of July first, advising me that the Johnson County 
Old Settlers' Annual Picnic will be held August twenty- 
third, of this year. 

My wife and I endeavored to meet with you last 
year, but were delayed on account of a railroad wreck, 
and did not reach Iowa City until the day after the pic- 
nic was held. We regretted the conditions very much 
because we could not see many of the old friends that 
we could have met at the picnic. I have been away 
from home for seven months. The last session of Con- 
gress was a long and wearisome one, and we can not say 
at this time whether we will be able to take a short 
vacation later on and again try to meet old friends and 
associates. I hope we may be able to do so. In any 
case, convey to all the old settlers our best wishes. 

Respectfully, 

J. D. Bowersock. 



Sutherland, Iowa, August 22, 1906. 
Messrs. Irish and Cavanagh, 

Cf)mmittee on Invitation, Iowa City, Iowa. 
Dear friends: 

Instead of speeding over the iron rails 
on our v.'.'iy to dear old Iowa City, as we had expected 
to do, I nni sitting at home writing our regrets, earnest 
and sincere regrets. We had ])lc'inned and expected to 



meet the old friends who still remain in Iowa City at 
this reunion but at the last moment we find it imi- 
possible to go. There it much of sadness as well as 
pleasure, in these reunions; pleasure in greeting the 
friends of our early days; sadness as we think of those 
who were once a part of our social and home circles, but 
who have now passed on to the city Celestial. 

How glad we would have been to have met with 
you to day, I can not express in words; it can only be 
measured by our disappointment. Our hearts will be 
with you all; our best wishes for each and all go with 
this letter. 

God bless and keep you every one. 

Hoping that it may still be possible to meet with 
you sometime and thanking you for your invitation 
we are very sincerely yours, 

W. Huse Woods and wife. 



West Branch, Iowa, 8-20-1906. 

Mr. Gill R. Irish, 

Sec. Old Settlers' Association, 
Iowa City, Iowa. 

Dear sir: 

I had looked forward to this day with a great 
deal of pleasure expecting to meet many of my old 
friends. It is impossible for me to attend so I submit 
as it has been so ordered. 

Yours, 
D. M. Dixon. 

Toolesboro, Iowa, September 13, 1905. 

G. R. Irish. 
Dear sir: 

According to promise I will drop you a few 
lines as to my brother Andrew's death, &c. 

About the early part of November I assisted him 
in carrying on our shoulders, the material from the 
timber near by to build his preemption cabin; a short 



time after which, he and Sylvanus Johnson left for 
Dubuque with the cash in a round vahse to enter his 
claim, when crossing the Cedar river at Ivanhoe he 
drowned. The buggy and horses and Johnson being 
rescued on a fiatboat. My brother who was encumber- 
ed with an overcoat and $200 in silver, turned back for 
the west side of the river. In shallow water but when 
about nine feet from the shore he stepped off a treacher- 
ous sand bar, became strangled and sank. His body 
was recovered by a blacksmith whose name I do not 
recollect, and, taking Henry Walker for my authority, 
Frank Shellito who must have assisted was taken with 
a cold and died. Hugh Downey, my brother Charles 
and m3^self met them bringing his remains to the city. 
Doctor Woods preached his funeral sermon in the Rep- 
resentative Hall at the State House. The lasting im- 
pression made on me will never be erased from my 
memory. 

I almost feel sorry that I refused to accede to the 
urgent request of Henry Wieneke to give you a talk 
for I could have related many early incidents of our 
early history, but the brain and talent of the speakers 
made me feel timid, being unused to the orator's art. 
It was very gratifying to me to press the hands of the 
few Old Settlers present and a thrill runs through my 
veins at the thought of the meeting. 

You may be surprised when I tell you that for 
fifteen years I have been living alone in a log cabin over- 
looking the Muscatine Slough and the Massepa River 
but my log cabin has a floor and is plastered inside, a lit- 
tle more modern than the ones I inspected at the 
Fair Grounds. 

Very truly yours, 

W. D. Berryhill. 
V. S. Please give my regards to Jesse Strawbridge 
and say that if we are S])ared for another meeting I 
will give you a warm greeting. 

Yours truly, 

W. D. Berryhill. 



NECROLOGICAL REPORT. 



Since the last meeting of the members of this 
Association vast armies equipped with the most approv- 
ed instruments for the destruction of human Hfe, and 
guided by the great captains of our time, have played 
the game of war in the far east and in their mighty com- 
bats have completed in summer sunshine and winter 
storm a harvest of death. Great fleets of opposing 
nations have combated for supremacy on the eastern 
waters and blood stained billows of the ocean are the 
monuments of a march of death. As if in mockery of 
the puny efforts of man to destroy, earthquake and 
fire sent thousands to the grave and left a void where 
once were teeming cities, while distant armies were 
gathering for the fray and disbanding when their work 
of death was done and the thunder of battle ships mingl- 
ed with the ocean's roar while the fearful rocking of the 
earthquakes and the red glare of conflagration told the 
people of the earth that death was marching with a 
quickened step. 

Here in silence the pale horse and his skeleton rider 
have gathered a full harvest of the old settlers of 
Johnson County, since the last meeting there have 
passed to the beyond one hundred and fifty-nine of 
the older settlers of the County. 

Owing to other duties and the limited time in 
which to prepare this report, it was not possible to 
give the complete dates of death or to make personal 
mention of the many that deserve more than brief 
notice. The Association has lost many of its active and 
long time members and the county a long list of its 
best citizens. So far as possible the ages of the dead 
are given. 

G. R. Irish, for the committee. 



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NAME AGE 

Albright, C. H 59 

Allen, L. A 65 

Amrine, Abraham A. 79 

Brown, Mrs. Amaretta, 83 

Bowman, Miss Martha 62 

Berry, Mrs. Clarinda. 80 

Baker, Mrs. Isadore 61 

Boss, Mrs. Charlotte. 76 

Baughman, Mrs. Lavina 

Biggs, Mrs. Jane ". . . . 78 

Bowersock, Israel 87 

Brown, Samuel 77 

Blackwell, J. Y. 94 

Bothel, Mrs. Elizabeth 66 

Backensto, Mrs. Clara 82 

Brubaker, Thos. 

Bettle, Mrs. Mary 82 

Brown, Joseph T 

Bickford, Marcus 82 

Beeson, E. L. 

Berryhill, James B 71 

Brown, Alonzo 56 

Buchiester, A. D 

Buckley, Maria M. 

Chase, Mrs. Sarah 86 

Clark. John Henry 65 

Collins, Daniel 80 

Cowgill, Henry 

Crane, Mrs. Narcissa H. 7 7 

Carson, Thomas C. 71 

Crowley, Timothy L. 42 

Cox, Charles B 72 

Connell, John 80 

Charbon, Fred 44 

Connelly, Mrs. Ellen 

Cole, Mrs. Frank. 55 

Crow, Mrs. Christine W 53 

Cisne, George 48 

Dodds, Joseph V 67 

Dostal, Mrs. John 

DeFrance, Mrs. Ellen 71 

Elliott, Wm 83 

Evans, Mrs. Elizabeth 

Evans, Mrs. Elizabeth Kile. . . . 

Evans, Mrs. Eleanor 75 

Eden, Mrs. Charles 80 

Eisenhofcr, Joseph 64 

I'vby, Mrs. Morey L 

Forncrook, Mrs. J. C. 

Fern Strom, Charles 89 

Falls, James 50 

I'Vazec, M. J 

Grey, Mrs. Margaret 71 

Griffith, Mrs. Margaret. 89 

Gftttlc, Arnold 30 

(iilchrist, Dr. J. G.. 64 

Grimm, Mrs. J. C 

Graham, Thomas 89 

Grogan, James 83 



NAME AGF 

Grady, John 54 

Hughs, Mrs. Jane 82 

Hall, Mrs. Mary C. 80 

Huffman, Mrs. Jane . .82 

Hill, James. 82 

Haddock, Wm. John 74 

Helmer, Mrs. J. F 

Hazard, Dr. Clara 

Hounsa, Mrs. Annie 69 

Helmer, Matt. 64 

Huber. John 

Hemphill, Silas 78 

Ham, Daniel Jr.. 30 

Holzhauser, Mrs. P. H 

Hays, Albert 35 

Henderson, D. W 74 

Hart, Jas. W 

Hadish, Mrs. Barbara. . 61 

Isense, Mrs. Dorothy 

Jirava, Mrs. Annie 

Jameson, Emeline 

Kerr, Mrs. Almira A.. 87 

Kimes, Daniel 80 

Knierim, Wm 42 

Kosderka, Mrs. B. B.. 

Kepler, Mrs. George 

Klein, Mrs. Adam 

Kurz, Charles 51 

Kessler, Matthias 

Keppel, Mrs. Mary. 86 

Lee, John B 85 

Lee, Mrs. E. C. . 85 

Lisby, Henry. 73 

Linderman, Mrs. Grace M 28 

Louis, Mrs. Jeanette .80 

Loney, Ellen 

Long, Richard 88 

Loney, Mrs. MilHe. 

Lodge, Mrs. Isabella 82 

Morseman, Dorman 

McDonald, Mrs. Amanda. ..... 71 

Murphy, Mrs. Wm. 49 

McCarthy, John. 90 

Miller, Mrs. Sarah 69 

Miers, Mrs. W. W.. 

Morrow, Flenry 81 

Meyers, Thomas. 80 

McKray, Mrs. [. W 56 

Metcalf , Mrs. fhos 48 

McCadden, Mrs. Lucretia 91 

Miller, W. C 45 

Nicking, Henry, Sr. 68 

Nosek, Frank 

Nosek, Mrs. Frank 

N(Hizil, Thos 

Osmond, Mrs 

Oakcs, Nicholas 78 

O'Ronrkc, ICdwin 

Pfeil, Christian 



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MAME AGE 

Pratt, Charles 

Pinney, Mrs. Sarah 

Petru, John 80 

Petzel, Joseph W 55 

Pohler, Thos.. 58 

Parrott, Frank 64 

Pumphrey, Mrs. J.D 74 

Pratt, A. W 76 

Petzel, Mrs. Catherine 84 

Rundell, Leroy 62 

Rogers, Thomas. 80 

Robinson, Robert J 

Rogers, Ed. 40 

Robinson, Mrs. Levi . 74 

Rowland, WiUiam J..... 74 

Ruppenkamp, Mrs. Catherine. . 64 

Randall, Lyman. 88 

Stutzman, Lena 15 

Stevens, John D 63 

Strock, Mrs. M. A 56 

Shay, Mrs. Michael 35 

Smith, Isaac 



NAME AGE 

Sheets, James. 77 

Stouffer, Mrs. J. C. 70 

Smith, Mrs. A. 64 

Smith, Mrs. Philo 77 

Stover, Geo. E 33 

Smith, Philip. 85 

Samiders, Mrs. Katherine. ... .73 

Sommerhauser, Miss G. 

Sommerhauser, Peter 

Stoneberger, Mrs. A. J 49 

*S1emmons, Matthew 89 

Townsend, Egbert R. 27 

Vogt, Wm. Joseph. 48 

Wray, Mrs. Edward 42 

Wilson, Jeremiah 

White, Mrs. M. E. Woods 78 

Worel, John 

Weber, Peter J 78 

Walters, David 30 

Witt, William. 67 

Young, James 76 

Yoder, Tobias. 82 



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